Death's Curses

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Summary

After one screw up too many, Esmeralda Barnes is shipped off to Seattle to start her senior year of high school while living under the strict guardianship of her great aunt. She's prepared to serve her time in simmering silence when she meets Charles Curnble, the only cool person in the private school she's being forced to attend. His efforts to scare her away don't work, not even when he lets it slip that he has a psychic twin sister who helps their uncle solve murders. As a former member of a gang, Esmer's confident she's tough enough to take anything he throws at her in stride. Then she has a near death experience. And Charles is the first person on the scene. To prove he wasn't stalking her, he tells her the truth: both he and his twin were cursed by Death at birth. He has visions of the deaths of strangers, while his poor sister gets to feel what the dying person feels. But this isn't the first time Death has meddled in the lives of mortals. Three dangerous couples known as "The Immortals" emerge, their centuries old feud threatening to expose Death's handiwork to the world. It'll take more than just guts to save everyone from her trickster-like magic. It'll take sacrifice.

Genre:
Mystery / Romance
Author:
Becca Fox
Status:
Ongoing
Chapters:
49
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
16+

Diary Entry One

April 11, 1718


What is time? Is it merely an instrument to dictate the passing of years? Is it the friend that reminds us of who we once were? Is it the soothing doctor who erases deep hurts and covers them with protective scabs? Or is it something far more sinister?

I have been dwelling on the question of late. I thought I knew the answer once. Now, there is no way to tell for certain.

I’ve lived longer than I look. I was born when time was recorded differently. It has been too long since we visited our roots. Our home no longer exists, for our people died out centuries ago. Even the land itself has changed. We are all that survived that race, my Jerebald and myself. Adelina and Zebded still live as well, but they have forgotten where we came from. They have new aliases to hide their heritage. They are always amalgamating with the passing time. Meriabey and Frases only laugh whenever we mention home. They don’t realize how truly wondrous it was and how foolishly we discarded it.

The only reason I am recording my thoughts at all is because I no longer feel safe confiding in my comrades. Jerebald understands, for he has always understood me. The others used to, but in this last decade or so, I have noticed the change. My friends are not who they once were. Sometimes I look at them, listening to the words they utter, but find no trace of my beloved friends anywhere. Our views differ where once they were akin. It frightens me to think that we may not last together another decade.

We all chose this life. We all made the pact. We all swore an oath to be together forever. But forever has taken a toll on us. I fear it will be our doom. Us; the immortals. Our greatest desire, our greatest triumph, could be our undoing.

Again, I return to the question. What is time? It is the handler of change, a force of destruction, like a river beating relentlessly against an immovable stone. Our friendship, once immovable, once strong, once indestructible, has met its match.

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